Wounded on June 21, 1944. Les Buissons, Normandy, France. NNSH War Diary reported 4 wounded by mortar fire that day.
No Retreating Footsteps by Will Bird:
As the Company was still 500 yards from its final objective Lieutenant-Colonel Forbes had gone forward to see what was happening, taking his D.R. (Dispatch Rider) with him, Private A.F. Sumara. He met C.S.M. (Company Sergeant-Major) Baillie and asked him where Captain Winhold was located. Baillie had just been with Winhold and acted as a guide in going back to the house, but found that Winhold had gone to one of the platoon positions, probably MacAllister's. They started for it and men on the other side of the street (probably Zoutelaan, Knokke-Heist, Belgium) yelled at him. Baillie, in the lead, could not make out what they were saying, and was halfway across the street when heavy machine gun fire opened, sweeping the thoroughfare from no more than fifty yards away. Pte. Sumara was killed but Lt.-Col Forbes miraculously escaped the bullets by diving to the curb. The shouting men had been trying to warn the trio of the enemy fire.
At first Pte Sumara was brought to a field post in Retranchement, Netherlands. Later to Jagershof, Hoofdplaat, Netherlands. 25 Nova Scotia Highlanders were temporary buried on this farm.
Uncle Albin Joseph Sumara was killed during WW1.
Personal details have been collected from official Service Records and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website. Some of the additional information has been provided by War Diaries, Libera Me (G.E. Spittael), Polder Fighting (R.W. Catsburg), Veterans Affairs Canada, WW2 Talk, Aircrew Remembered and other sources. The commonwealth-adegem.com website is not responsible for incorrect information.
Everything has been collected and processed voluntarily by Michael van de Velde, Netherlands. Along the way I had great support from expert researchers and other volunteers. Thank you!